What is a Tobacco Enforcement Officer?

The Tobacco Enforcement Officer enforces the Smoke-Free Ontario Act with individuals, owners and operators. Tobacco Enforcement Officers protect the health of Ontarians through reducing exposure to second-hand smoke, reducing exposure of children to tobacco, and reducing the availability of tobacco products (example restrictions to those under 19 years of age). They are appointed as Provincial Offences Officers by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

What do you need to do to become a Tobacco Enforcement Officer?

Tobacco Enforcement Officer have an enforcement background or a police foundations diploma, excellent communication skills and knowledge of inspection and investigation techniques.

In what areas do Tobacco Enforcement Officer work?

Tobacco Enforcement Officer inspect schools, workplaces, bars/restaurants, public places, hospitals and tobacco vendors. They provide tobacco education, conduct test shopping, respond to complaints, complete investigations and lay charges.

What is the best part about being a Tobacco Enforcement Officer at the Perth District Health Unit?

Tobacco Enforcement Officers assist in protecting children, workers and the public from the negative health impacts of exposure to tobacco and tobacco products.

What is the most challenging part?

People not getting the message about smoke-free legislation, and getting all workplaces to be smoke-free.

Thinking about becoming a Tobacco Enforcement Officer?

Tobacco Enforcement Officer have a willingness to engage in public education and the ability to de-escalate potentially difficult situations.